President Donald Trump has released a farewell video on his last full day in office, thanking Americans for ‘this extraordinary privilege’, listing his achievements and wishing the next administration well – although he failed to directly name his successor Joe Biden.
As Biden’s chartered plane arrived in Washington DC on Tuesday night, the White House posted the address on YouTube.
Trump himself has been temporarily banned from the platform due to his part in spurring on his supporters in the lead-up to the Capitol riots on January 6.
The 45th president began the nearly 20-minute farewell by saying: ‘Four years ago, we launched a great national effort to rebuild our country, to renew its spirit, and to restore the allegiance of this government to its citizens. In short, we embarked on a mission to make America great again — for all Americans.’
Trump, who spent months trying to de-legitimize President-elect Biden’s win with baseless allegations of mass voter fraud, referenced the ‘next administration,’ but declined to utter Biden’s name as he filmed from the White House Blue Room.
He said: ‘This week, we inaugurate a new administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous. We extend our best wishes, and we also want them to have luck — a very important word.’